Geographical Society of Philadelphia

Explore with the Geographical Society of Philadelphia – PEOPLE/PLACES/PERSPECTIVES

In our 129 years as the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, we have championed Arctic exploration, witnessed the first lunar landing, and, together with our members, made many trips around the world.

We thank you so much for your support, and for making our community lively, vibrant, and informed. 
Celebrate tradition and explore new frontiers… without leaving town!
Check back to see what our next season holds, and how you can experience the world in new ways.  Become a member to support the legacy of one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most-prestigious organizations.

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Upcoming in 2020

Sheikh Abu Zayed Mosque

Marco Polo Explores: Cities of the Persian Gulf, Tibet, and Yunnan

Coming up this  Summer!

As part of the Marco Polo Travel Series, we’ll explore the world’s most modern cities: Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Doha in Qatar and Muskat in Oman. Known as the “Roof of the World”, we’ll visit the cultural and geographic highlights of Tibet. And, travel through China’s vast southern province of Yunnan.
Cities of the Persian Gulf – by Tom Tauber
Visit some of the world’s most modern cities, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Doha in Qatar and Muskat in Oman. For many centuries, the Persian Gulf has been a hub of commerce and a trading post for spices and silk from India, slaves, and gold from Africa, and more recently, for oil and gas. Less than one hundred years ago, some of these places were just fishing villages, while others had busy souqs where merchandise from all over the world changed hands. The remnants of that past are still there, but so are phenomenal mosques, museums, and skyscrapers, including the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, at 2,722 feet the tallest building in the world.

Tibet – by Lucille Pilling

Experience the famed Shoton Festival, an annual celebration of Buddhist monks, and other cultural and geographic highlights of Tibet, known as the “Roof of the World.”

Yunnan – by Paula Roberts

Travel through China’s vast southern province of Yunnan, home to many well-preserved ancient towns and villages, natural wonders, and 25 unique ethnic cultures.

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Preservation: Water and Climate Change!

Celebrating World Water and the Earth Days, GEO presents a panel discussion about the historical, ecological, social, and technological effects along our rivers.
Would you swim in the Schuylkill River? Curious about the Clean Water Act? Environmental Protection?
Join a panel of experts talk about the Today and Past of the Water in Philly – an EPA agent, scholars with extensive research on Philadelphia’s rivers, and GEO’s board members.
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Circa 1900 Arctic Exploration Bellevue-Stratford

Annual Legacy Event – Explorer of the Year Award

Since 1891, we have been annually honoring an “Explorer of the Year”.  As our mission is to support the exploration of the world and enhance perspective on the worlds’ peoples and places, we chose the nominee based on their work crossing boundaries in their own successful and very worthy example of that goal.

Please stay tuned for the “Date and our next Honoree … to be announced”

The special Cecilia Beaux pin has previously been awarded to Robert Peary, Theodore Roosevelt, Neil Armstrong, Diana Nyad, and Derrick Pitts – to name just a few.

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